Exploring the Intersection of Design Thinking and Life-Centred Design

In a world full of complex challenges, where global issues such as climate crisis and social injustice demand innovative solutions, the confluence of Design Thinking and Life-Centred Design offers a promising approach. A passionate group of Design Thinking coaches recently gathered at the SAP AppHaus in Heidelberg to explore this intersection. We felt the compelling tension between our inherent desire to be user-centred and the deep realisation of the broader system at play.

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Co-Active Coaching meets Theory U

Co-Active Coaching is a transformational coaching approach that focuses on empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives. It is based on the principles of:

  • Fulfillment – Discover your unique values to create your vision for a compelling future.
  • Balance – Making powerful choices to choose the experiences you want most.
  • Process – Being with your emotions in the present moment.
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Fulfillment Quest – Questions to Discover Your Purpose, Values and Vision

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”
― Martin Luther King

Each person’s idea of what is fulfilling is unique. Fulfillment is never about getting more of something but about what fills our heart and soul. It is not about a future dream but about discovering fulfillment in every day of our lives – in the way who we are and what we do.

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Connecting Head–Heart–Hand

“How does mindfulness support you as a Design Thinking Coach?” I was asked. Being a Search Inside Yourself teacher, I realized that indeed both are inseparable.

Design Thinking is a systematic, human-centered way of finding solutions to complex problems. It goes beyond traditional design related concerns such as shape and layout. Unlike engineering approaches, which often start from the technical feasibility and economic viability,  the needs of the users are key.

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What Makes an Innovative Developer Culture?

After having worked on system integration for the last 20 years, I had the ambition to explore new terrains and contribute to a more innovative developer culture. Fortunately, I was able to take part in a fellowship which provides the great opportunity to experience a different role in another SAP business unit for up to half a year. I turned from an Integration Architect into a DevCulture fellow in the SAP Developer and Community Relations team.

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